The Understanding Autism - Level 2 Certificate (RQF) Course is suitable for anyone wanting to learn more about autism and the principles of supporting individuals on the autistic spectrum, and those looking to gain a qualification in autism awareness.

This course will help to develop an awareness and understanding of autism and show how to support individuals with the condition. This qualification is ideal for learners who support individuals with autism in a variety of settings, including health, social care, entertainment, leisure, nursing, education, training and the public sector.

The course starts with an introduction to the autistic spectrum and covers using person-centred approaches and supporting positive communication. Sensory processing, perception and cognition are then covered, including how autism can affect these processes. Finally the course concludes by covering supporting positive behaviour and how to support individuals with autism to live a healthy, happy and fulfilled life.

On successful completion of this course students will receive a Level 2 Certificate Qualification listed on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) with 18 credits.

Special Offer: Students will receive both the Paper-Based and Online versions of this course, giving you flexibility in how you study. Students can use the online portal to submit assignments and to log tutor support questions.

The course consists of the following units:

  • Unit 1 - Introduction to autism (H/507/2764)

This unit provides learners with an introduction to autism, covering what is meant by ‘autism’, theories and diagnosis. Learners will also look at common misconceptions associated with autism and conditions that can co-occur with autism.

Learning Outcomes: Understand what is meant by ‘autism’; Know theories that relate to autism; Know how autism is diagnosed; Understand the characteristics that may be present in individuals with autism; Know about conditions that commonly co-occur with autism; and Understand common misconceptions surrounding autism.

  • Unit 2 - Using a person-centred approach to support individuals with autism (K/507/2765)

This unit covers using a person-centred approach to support individuals with autism, incorporating the preferences and needs of the individual. Learners will also look at legislation and guidance, and the support networks available to individuals and their families.

Learning Outcomes: Know how legislation and guidance underpins support for individuals with autism; and Understand how to support individuals with autism using a person-centred approach.

  • Unit 3 - Communication and social interaction in individuals with autism (M/507/2766)

This unit covers the potential delays and difficulties in speech, language, and social development sometimes faced by individuals with autism. It also covers methods and strategies that could be used when communicating with an individual with autism.

Learning Outcomes: Understand speech, language and communication in individuals with autism; Understand how social interaction may differ in individuals with autism; and Know strategies that are used to support communication and social interaction for individuals with autism.

  • Unit 4 - Sensory processing, perception and cognition in individuals with autism (T/507/2767)

In this unit learners will gain an understanding of sensory processing, perception, and cognition in individuals with autism - including looking at hypersensitivity and hyposensitivity. Learners will also consider how to the support the sensory needs of individuals with autism.

Learning Outcomes: Understand how individuals with autism process sensory information; Know how to recognise and support sensory needs; and Understand the cognitive differences individuals with autism may have in processing information.

  • Unit 5 - Supporting positive behaviour in individuals with autism (A/507/2768)

Through this unit learners will understand individuals’ behaviours in the context of autism. They’ll also look at how to support positive behaviour and help individuals to develop coping strategies.

Learning Outcomes: Understand behaviour within the context of autism; Know how to support positive behaviour; and Understand how to support individuals to develop coping strategies.

  • Unit 6 - Supporting individuals with autism to live healthy and fulfilled lives (F/507/2769)

This unit covers how to support individuals through transitions and life events, how to maintain their personal safety, and how to access services, facilities and employment opportunities. Learners will also gain an understanding of what it’s like for an individual to live with autism.

Learning Outcomes: Understand the experience of living with autism; Know how to support individuals to maintain their personal safety; Understand the purpose of positive risk-taking; Know how to support individuals with transitions and life events; Know how to support individuals to access services and facilities; and Know how to support individuals with employment.

Prerequisites:

There are no particular entry requirements.

Course Duration & Support:

Students may register at any time and have a full year to complete their studies. You also have access to a personal tutor by mail or email for a 12 month period. As the course is self-study you can complete in as little or as long a time as you prefer.

Assessment:

The course is assessed through a series of written assignments, which are submitted then marked by your tutor. There is no external examination required. To achieve the qualification, the learner must achieve all 18 credits from all six units.

Course Assignments can be returned by uploading to the online portal, by email or by post. We recommend that assignments are completed and returned as word-processed documents through the online portal. Handwritten documents can be accepted but need to be clear and legible and may be subject to a longer marking time.

Qualification:

NCFEThe Qualification is gained from your coursework so there is no exam to complete. On successful completion of this course students will gain a Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism Qualification.

This qualification has been accredited on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF Qualification Accreditation Number - 601/6330/6). This is a Level 2 Certificate Qualification and has 18 credits.

You can find further information on qualifications and their levels on the Ofqual Qualification & Credit Framework level descriptors page.

The qualification award is issued through NCFE. NCFE is recognised as an awarding organisation by the qualification regulators ('regulators') for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The regulators are the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England, the Department for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills (DCELLS) in Wales and the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) in Northern Ireland. This course provides successful students with a qualification listed on the Regulated Qualifications Framework, accredited by NCFE at level 2 and assessed through NCC, a licensed NCFE centre. Accreditation by NCFE is a guarantee of quality. It means that this learning programme has been scrutinised and approved by an independent panel of experienced educational professionals and is quality audited biannually by NCFE.

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